Last time I spoke all about our Big List and how we write down every task that we want to accomplish on one list rather than having lots of little lists all over the place. Today I want to show you a tool to actually achieve some of the things on your big list.
Something I have found to be worth its weight in gold is setting weekly goals. Each week, usually on a Sunday night, I sit down and go through my big list and pick out a few things that I think I can accomplish that week.
I got into a habit of picking out all the organising tasks and leaving the cleaning and home maintenance ones behind, so I decided that I needed to set some goal categories so I complete a variety of tasks each week.
These are the goals I set each week
- Organise – Each week I try to organise at least one thing in my home. Even something as little as organising your handbag can make a huge difference when you complete 52 of them throughout the year.
- Home Improvement – These tasks can be as big as painting a room or as small as hanging a picture on the wall depending on what you have time for that week.
- Family Fun – Each week we schedule some family fun to make sure we do something together as a family. It can be anything your family enjoys like having a picnic at the park, going to the beach or having a games night together.
- Project Completion – My projects are usually something a bit crafty and even though I love them, they get pushed to the side because there is always something more important. I find sewing and crafting quite relaxing so this is good to get a bit of me time in as well.
- Cleaning Task – This isn’t your general every day cleaning. Mine is usually something from my monthly cleaning chart like cleaning oven or deep cleaning a specific room.
Once I have decided what tasks I am going to complete for the week, I then schedule them into my day planner. By adding them to my day planner it makes me accountable and I am much more likely to complete them.
I also go through and make a shopping list of anything I may need for my goals so when it comes time to doing the task, I have everything I need and don’t have to make any last minute trips to the shops.
This is how my weekly goals look for this week.
I am doing a kitchen overhaul at the moment and re-evaluating where I have everything stored so that is my organise task for the week. My home improvement task is to replace the light fixture in our entry way. We are planning to have a picnic at the park this weekend however it may turn into an inside picnic if the weather doesn’t hold up. My project I would love to complete is making some fabric boxes for our linen cupboard and finally my washing machine and dryer are due for a good clean.
My weekly goals printable is now available in my online store as part of the Lists Kit. You could put them in your Home Management Binder, Day Planner, on a clipboard, on your fridge or in a frame like we did with our Cleaning Checklist.
Finally my tips for making your weekly goals work –
- Think about the time you have available before committing to any tasks
- Don’t take on more than you can chew, you will just get disheartened
- Remember to schedule your tasks into you planner just like you would for an appointment
- Write a shopping list of everything you need and purchase it before you start your project
- Most importantly, have fun organising, creating and spending time with your family
And Remember – A goal without a plan is just a wish!